Kim Dovey

Kim Dovey is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne, where he has served as Associate Dean, Head of Urban Design and Head of Architecture.

He has a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught at Berkeley, RMIT and Melbourne. His research is broadly focused on theories of ‘place’ and practices of power, covering a broad range of social issues in architecture and urban design. He has published widely on social issues in architecture, urban design and planning.  Books include Framing Places (Routledge, 2008), Fluid City (UNSW Press 2005), Becoming Places (Routledge 2010) and  Urban Design Thinking (Bloomsbury 2016).

He currently leads a series of research projects on place identity, informal settlements, transit-oriented development and creative clusters.

related publications

‘The Science of Urban Design?’ Urban Design International 21:1 (with E. Pafka, 2015).

‘Creative Multiplicities: Urban Morphologies of Creative Clustering’ Journal of Urban Design 20:1 (with S. Wood, 2015).

‘Public/Private Urban Interfaces: Type, Adaptation, Assemblage’ Journal of Urbanism 8:1 (with S. Wood, 2015).


‘Informal Urbanism and the Taste for Slums’ Tourism Geographies 14:2 (with R. King, 2012).